X-Factor #2: Kyler Fackrell
Kyler Fackrell will be counted on again heavily to produce any type of a pass rush off the edge for NY this week. Big Blue is getting dangerously thin at the EDGE position with injuries and trades piling up.
Kyler will look to be the guy who continues to make plays for this amoeba NY Giants defense. He has racked up two sacks and an interception for a touchdown in the last three weeks. He will need to keep producing like that in order to give the team a shot at stopping Tom Brady.
It’s no secret what the recipe is to stop the six-time champ. Get in his face early and often, hit him all night long, make him uncomfortable, and get him into a nearly-impossible mental state of feeling rattled and battered.
The NY Giants basically invented the recipes themselves and their ferocious pass rushes from 2007 and 2011 is what prevented Brady from possiby having eight rings and a perfect, undefeated season (too bad that didnt happen)!
Last year, the Giants’ defense had some success early on in the game with Brady but he eventually turned it up and figured out the Giants’ soft zone coverage scheme. Brady picked the defense apart but it came after Lorenzo Carter and Markus Golden combined for NY’s biggest play of the game last year.
A big sack by Carter forced a fumble was then recovered and returned for a touchdown by Golden. It was a play that surely made Michael Strahan, Justin Tuck, Osi Umenyiora, and Brady’s now teammate, Jason Pierre-Paul all smile after chasing Tom around for 60 minutes straight over two legendary Super Bowls.
Neither Carter or Golden will be there to help out the defense Monday night, so Fackrell and the Giants’ pass rush crew will need to figure out some success on their own. Look for Kyler to be deployed all over the NY Giants’ front seven to get some matchups in his favor and he will be counted on to get in the backfield.
Without a pass rush, Big Blue has no chance of stopping this Bucs offense. Fackrell will need to have a huge impact to keep Brady honest in the pocket and make sure he gets the ball out as fast as possible.